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A basic interview skills workshop for undergraduates

A basic interview skills workshop for undergraduates

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    • Interviewing Skills
    • The Interview process
      1st interview
      2nd interview
      Sometimes even a 3rd or 4th interview!
      Alternative Formats:
      Group interview – multiple interviewees or interviewers
      Phone interview
      Lunch/dinner interview
      Behavioral interview
    • Top Four questions in employer’s minds
      Why are you here?
      Why us and not XYZ company down the street?
      What can you do for us?
      Are you a problem solver? What are your skills?
      What kind of person are you?
      How are your interpersonal skills? Are you a team player?
      What distinguishes you from the 19 other people who can do this job?
      Do you work harder? Are you willing to go above and beyond? Are you self-directed?
      Information from: What Color is Your Parachute?
    • Top “soft” skills sought by employers
      Communication (written and oral)
      Strong work ethic
      Team work
      Initiative
      Analytical skills
      Computer skills
      Flexibility/adaptability
      Interpersonal skills
      Problem solving skills
      Technical skills
      Detail-oriented
      Organizational skills
      Self-confidence
      Leadership skills
    • Preparing for the interview
      Research the organization, the position, and the person who has the power to hire you
      Attire – shower, dress professionally, avoid dousing yourself with fragrances. Cover tattoos and piercings.
      Men: shower, shave, conservative attire (wear a suit, if possible)
      Women: shower, modest dress, jewelry, and makeup (natural looking)
      Keep the culture and industry of the organization in mind
    • Who would you hire?
      A
      B
      C
    • Who would you hire?
      A
      B
      C
    • During the interview
      Arrive 5-10 minutes early
      Firm handshake
      Keep your answers concise, don’t ramble. 2 minute time limit
      Maintain steady eye contact
      Watch out for nonverbal behaviors
      Project confidence, BUT don’t be arrogant.
      Be polite to everyone in the office
      Relax!
    • During the Interview
      Focus on transferrable skills
      Always have questions prepared!
      Example: What skills would an ideal employee have?
      If you’re asked to talk about a mistake, talk about what you’ve learned since then
      NEVER badmouth anyone you’ve worked with, especially prior bosses
    • Transferable skills
      A skill developed in one aspect of your life that can be (deliberately or unintentionally) applied to another activity
      How do your experiences relate to the job you’re applying to?
      Think creatively!
    • Behavioral Interview Questions
      Tell me about a time when you had too many things to do and you were required to prioritize your tasks
      Give me an example of a time when you had to make a split second decision
      Give me an example of a time when something you tried to accomplish and failed
      Give me a specific example of a time when you had to conform to a policy with which you did not agree
    • After the Interview
      Send a personalized thank you card or email within 24 hours to every person who interviewed you
      Proofread! Capitalize, spell check, use proper grammar
      Use it as an opportunity to market yourself again. You can:
      Stress fit
      Damage control
      Mention interview afterthoughts
    • professionalism
      Center for Professional Excellence surveyed more than 500 human resources professionals and business leaders about recent college grads and their professionalism.
      Characteristics of Professionalism:
      Personal interaction skills, including courtesy and respect
      The ability to communicate, which includes listening skills
      A work ethic which includes being motivated and working on a task until it is complete
      Appearance
    • Professionalism
      Traits or behaviors employers value most, and that they believe are most deficient in the recent graduates they have hired, include:
      Accepts personal responsibility for decision and actions
      Is able to act independently
      Has a clear sense of direction and purpose.
    • Remember!
      The employer will assume that the way you handle the job search process is the way you will handle the job.
      Actions speak louder than words.
    • Questions?
      Emily Roh
      xxx@umd.edu
      (xxx) xxx-xxxx